Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Cincinnati United States of America
In 2017, the Cincinnati City Council adopted an ordinance designed to make our community more age-friendly. The ordinance required the City Administration to create the Office of Aging and Accessibility, use the Community Reinvestment Area program to incentivize age-friendly residential projects, undertake efforts to improve pedestrian safety, increase accessible parking in our urban core, develop fall prevention matrixes, and modify the Land Development Code to increase opportunities for innovative housing development. The City of Cincinnati is also working in partnership with community organizations to improve the quality of life for older adults. For example, the Cincinnati Police Department has recently expressed interest in reestablishing its senior fraud program and has met with the Council on Aging to discuss how to best reach out to older people to inform them about fraud and current scams impacting older adults. The Office of Environment and Sustainability is also meeting with the Council on Aging to create mechanisms to prevent heat stroke deaths during severe weather. The City is also participating in the Alzheimer’s Association and Episcopal Retirement Services’ program to make Cincinnati a more dementia inclusive community. Representatives from the City Administration and City Council serve on the steering committee. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) has many programs designed to keep older adults active ranging from pickleball leagues to yoga classes. The City’s Park Department holds activities ranging from walking events to master gardening classes. The Cincinnati Fire Department is working with People Working Cooperatively (PWC) on both their smoke detector giveaway program (if an older adult cannot install the smoke detector, PWC will) and a fall prevention program. The Office of Aging and Accessibility is working with several partners including AARP, Council on Aging, Chamber of Commerce, PWC, CRC, Cincinnati Area Senior Services, and the Alzheimer’s Association to hold an educational festival in the heart of downtown during Older Americans Month. The first ever 50+ Cincy Celebration brings City Departments and social service agencies together to provide information on services and programs provided to older adults in our community.